A much more detailed reference genome for maize is published in Nature today. The sequence of DNA letters in the plant’s 10 chromosomes reveals how incredibly flexible it is, a characteristic that directly follows from the way its genome is organized. This flexibility not only helps explain why maize has been so successful since its adaptation by agriculturalists thousands of years ago, but also bodes well for its ability to grow in new places as the earth’s climate changes.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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